In a 2005 article in Research on African Literatures that compares Said and Mudimbe’s theorizations of Orientalism and Otherness respectively, Ali A. Mazrui concludes that the “fifth and most recent phase of the conceptualization of Africa has been the globalization of Africa” and is the “ultimate repudiation of Orientalism,” where Africa is recognized and celebrated as an originator of “the whole of human civilization” (81). This entails, then, that “the history of Africa does not end on Africa’s shores.”
This panel proposes to engage with the conference theme “Imagining Africa at the Center” by attending to the globalization of Africa and the questions, as well as new directions, such a conceptualization raises and charts for the interdisciplinary study of Africa and the globe. How might the globalization of Africa intersect with or challenge theories of world-system economics? Following Jean and John Comaroff’s work in Theory from the South, how might an explicit focus on the globalization of Africa revise our notions and narratives about development? What narrative forms and literary genres facilitate or aspire toward a globalization of Africa?
Papers may focus on the globalization of Africa from a range of disciplinary orientations, including but not limited to narrative, fiction, and literary studies, history, sociology, and economics.
Please submit a 200-word abstract and a short biography to [email protected] by March 1.